Crafting, sewing, and medical assisting are all things Kristina Rogers, CMA (AAMA), and her mother Katrina Corn, CMA (AAMA), have in common.

They even share a starting point. The close mother and daughter duo (who talk over the phone two to three times per day) embarked on medical assisting school together in 2010.

“I was working part-time as a caregiver for elderly people … through my church, and [I] realized I wanted to work in the medical field,” says Rogers.

After researching, she found Virginia College in Greenville, South Carolina, and set up a time to meet with the school’s admissions counselor to learn more about medical assisting.

“I asked my mom to come with me so she could check out the school and see what I was going to be doing. While there, she became excited about the career for herself,” says Rogers.

As it happened, Corn had dropped out of medical assisting school 25 years earlier because she was scared of administering injections. But, when her daughter enrolled, she left her job at a cabinet shop and followed suit.

While at school, Corn and Rogers took several courses together, including clinicals, insurance billing and coding, and medical office procedures. “We even did a PowerPoint presentation together for anatomy class,” Rogers notes. They also studied together a lot. “Even if we didn’t have class together, we’d go to each other’s house to study. We’d help each other depending on our strengths in the subject,” says Rogers.

While they graduated and became CMAs (AAMA) about six months apart, the women say kicking off their careers close together strengthened their bond. After graduation, Rogers went on to work for her practicum site, Pediatric Sleep Medicine, which is part of Greenville Health System, for three and a half years. She now works part time for a staffing agency so she can be with her baby more often.

Corn initially worked in pain management, but much to her surprise, found her calling in internal medicine drawing laboratory test results and giving injections. “That was once my biggest fear, but I am now totally at ease with it. I love my job. I love being around the patients and making them feel comfortable,” says Corn.

Together, the mother and daughter always work to gain more knowledge in medical assisting. They took continuing education night classes in IV therapy and medical office management. In fact, Corn and her daughter are so dedicated to medical assisting that they are both involved in the AAMA. Right out of school, they got involved in the Greenville Chapter. Rogers serves as the chapter’s vice president and will be president in 2018, while her mom will be the chapter treasurer in 2018. Both women are delegates to the state society, and Rogers plans to run for state secretary in 2018.

“We’re truly thankful for the AAMA. It’s helped both of us do what we love to do and has given us a platform to promote the importance of medical assisting,” says Rogers.